Sweet Corn Serenade Returns to Oskaloosa


The annual Sweet Corn Serenade will return on July 25th to downtown Oskaloosa.

This year’s festivities include a craft and vendor show, the Farm Bureau Kids’ Zone complete with many fun family activities, including a scavenger hunt around the Square and Penn Central Mall. The Ohana Kids’ Pedal Pull will also be back this year, along with a cornhole tournament.

There will be a live music performance and dinner will be served as well. At 4:00 PM, the Mahaska County Cattlemen will be serving up beef burgers paired with freshly cooked Iowa sweet corn and a cold drink for $8.00. Purchase a meal ticket from 4:00-9:00 PM. Purchases can be made using cash or Venmo only. If you want to take some delicious, sweet corn back home, or looking for a slice of pie, there will be corn and pie-only tents located on the east side of the downtown square.

There will also be food vendors ready to serve you lunch, dinner, or both from noon-9:00 PM. Be on the lookout for Barnyard Tenderloin Xpress, Eatery Island, My Eatzz, Pho T, Tacos Jalisco, Grubby’s Kettle Korn, and SnoBiz.

From 5:00-8:00 PM, Farm Bureau will be hosting their free Kids’ Zone, featuring the Many Little Farm Hands, Iowa Corn Trailer, face painting, a coloring contest, and more! Community First Credit Union will be giving free train rides on 1st Ave East. The YMCA Imagination Blocks, United Way 9 Square, and Spin Art, Courtesy of the Oskaloosa Lions Club, will be in the park for even more fun! Are you a cornhole enthusiast? Sign up for the cornhole tournament on 1st Ave E. Registration and practice begin at 4:00 PM, bags fly at 5:00 PM. Walk over to LuRoo & Co. Boutique for a cold old-school soda, rack sales, and more! The second floor of the Oskaloosa Public Library will be providing coloring pages. Don’t miss your chance for a photo op in the Big Red Chair in the Reading Garden.

The pedal pull is sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, Farm Credit Services of America, and McKim Tractor, and will take place south of the square. The pedal pull competition is free and open for children ages 4-11. Children under 4 can pull for fun. Registration is open from 5:30-6:00 PM. 

The Neil Hewitt concert will kick off at 4:30 PM and go on until 7:00 PM. Get ready to hear original music and the best of 90’s Country. Stick around for the Oskaloosa City Band Concert, beginning at 8:00 PM to finish up the evening.

For more information, please contact the Oskaloosa Main Street Office at 641.672.2591 or [email protected].

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